§ 55. Mr. GRANVILLE
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will refer back the decision of the Suffolk Agricultural Wages Committee to reduce the minimum weekly wage of male workers of 21 years and over to 28s.?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Dr. Addison)
The reduced minimum rates proposed by the Suffolk Agricultural Wages Committee cannot be fixed until after the expiration of the statutory period during which objections may be lodged. Consequently the question as to whether I should exercise my power under the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Act to require the Committee to reconsider the rates cannot be determined until, and unless the Committee, after considering objections, decide to alter the rates.
§ Mr. GRANVILLE
As it is the intention of the Government to settle men on the land, will they take steps to preserve the standard of living of those already engaged on the soil?
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Is the right hon. Gentleman taking any steps to protect the agricultural labourers from the threatened reduction in wages now?